Everybody at Meadowcreek knew Bowen Sargent held a nine shot lead going into final round play of the City Championship at Meadowcreek.
Everybody except Sargent himself.
"To be honest with you, I didn't know where I stood. Didn't watch any of the news, didn't read any of the papers, didn't look at any of the scores," Sargent explained after his win. "It's kind of a new experiment for me. I tried to take one hole at a time, one shot at a time so it's something I've never really done before. I usually like to know where I stand."
The University of Virginia golf coach needed that nine stroke cushion. After shooting under par the first two days, Sargent ran into some trouble Sunday, finishing six over on the day.
"I didn't hit the ball all that well, I didn't putt very well. But just managed to hang on. I think conditions were tough with the wind. The pins were very good so it made for a challenging day."
The staff at Meadowcreek made a few changes for the tournament, including moving the tee boxes on No. 10 and 15, giving players like Sargent a little bit of a different look than what they're used to.
"Fifteen, very different hole," Sargent said. "I think I hit five iron, seven iron, five iron the three days. It makes that hole very, very different and probably a half a stroke harder than usual."
Sargent came close to his first City title last year, finishing three strokes behind eventual champ Phil Mahone. Now that he's "The Man", Sargent doesn't plan on going anywhere.
"This year it is kind of redemption of sorts to come back and win. This is my first City championship and hopefully it's not my last. I look forward to a few more years."
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